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Imagine you were on an improvisation-based competitive-imagination team in elementary school. You placed fifth out of six at regionals. Would you have bragged about your non-win to the sixth-place team? No—in fact, you would never publicly speak of the experience again.

That's kind of how I feel when I look at a new poll that claims "Democratic Party Reclaims Edge in Favorable Ratings."

Gallup reports that 42 percent of Americans view the Democratic party favorably, whereas only 35 percent view the Republican party in a favorable light. Yes, that counts as a "favorable edge" over the GOP, but, as Gallup notes, "both parties remain unpopular relative to their historical performance."

A closer look at the data reveals that, when it comes to both sides of the aisle, more people have an unfavorable view of the parties than a favorable view; 46 percent of Americans view the Democratic party unfavorably, and 53 percent view the Republican party unfavorably.

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Will such strong dislike propel any major-party candidate to victory in 2016? I mean, Donald Trump's "I Took the Night"-esque campaign strategy seems to be paying off with (white, non-Latino) voters at the moment, so who knows.

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